Hepatitis B and C
Universal Precautions eTraining Slide 9

  • Serious diseases caused by a virus that attacks the liver that can cause cirrhosis (scarring), liver cancer,  liver failure, and death
  • Infection is through infected blood, sexual contact, sharing needles, syringes, drug-injection equipment, unsterile equipment, razors or toothbrushes.  The virus can live on surfaces for several weeks.
  • A vaccine is available to prevent infection of Hepatitis B.
  • There is no vaccine for HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.
  • Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can remain dormant and asymptomatic for many years in your body.



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